10-Minute Wine Pairing: Sweet Potato Chicken Curry
ZEROING IN: Easy on the alcohol and long on stone-fruit flavors, Washington state rieslings match perfectly with big, fiery foods from Southern and Southeast Asia. Although this recipe is not blazing hot, a touch of sweetness helps temper the curry and ground red pepper.
Snoqualmie Naked Riesling (pictured) Washington, 2009 ($12)
Pacific Rim, Riesling, Washington, 2010 ($10)
ZEROING IN: Hard cider combines low alcohol with the off-dry crispness of white wine to create an unexpected complement to Indian flavors like curry, turmeric, and ginger. A subtle sizzle of carbonation cuts through the recipe's overall richness.
Angry Orchard Crisp Apple (pictured) Ohio ($8/six-pack)
Woodchuck Hard Cider, Vermont ($8/six-pack)
ZEROING IN: Try a Chilean merlot. These easy-drinking wines are full of ripe red fruit flavors—the key to pairing reds with intensely flavored recipes. Curry often packs both acid and heat (here, from red pepper and tomatoes), delivering a knockout blow to less fruity wines with heavier oak and tannins.
Casa Lapostolle Merlot (pictured) Chile, 2011 ($12)
Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Merlot, Chile, 2011 ($11)